Jason Johnson - a.k.a. the Roller Coaster - has been up and down as of late, turning in a couple good starts, mixed in with a couple bad ones.
Tuesday night wasn't really either, as he gave the Tigers some innings (5 2/3), but did allow 5 runs, putting the Tigers in a tough hole to climb out of.
And while Johnson struggled some, his counterpart, who has also been struggling with consistency in 2004, was solid. Zito went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs with 5 strikeouts. Octavio Dotel closed it out for his 10th save with the A's.
The Tigers got some offense from Nook Logan, who was recalled from AAA Toledo to replace Alex Sanchez, who was placed back on the Disabled List on Monday. Logan went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Carlos Pena also had a solo Home Run off of Zito in the 7th, his 15th of the year.
The Tigers are now at 10 games under .500, and will try to break their 3-game losing streak on Wednesday afternoon when Wilfredo Ledezma takes on former Tiger Mark Redman. Game time is set for 3:35pm EDT.